Bachelor of Music (Hons)
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4 Years (8 Semesters)
For admission to a programme, standard applicants must
• score the necessary CAO points and
• meet the minimum entry requirements
Minimum Entry Requirements
Leaving Certificate in six subjects i.e. H5 in two subjects, and O6/H7 in four other subjects. One of the subjects must be English or Irish. There is no specific Mathematics requirement. Grade F2 or higher in Foundation Level Mathematics is recognised as one of the subjects for entry.
Please note the CAO closing date is 1st February, late application will not be accepted.
CIT uses the Garda Central Vetting Unit (GCVU) to help assess the suitability of all applicants on this programme. It is important to note that participation in or completion of this programme may be affected by subsequent disclosure/discovery.
This is a Restricted Access Course and all applicants must sit the CIT CSM BBus Honours Degree Course Entrance Test (provisionally scheduled to be held on Saturday, 8th April 2017).
Candidates are not allowed to defer the results of the Entrance Test.
The Entrance Test involves an interview, performance, aural & sight singing tests, and a written paper dealing with rudiments, compositional techniques (harmony) and general musical knowledge
Samples of the aural & sight singing tests and written paper are available in the below links, or upon request from The Administrator, CIT Cork School of Music, Union Quay, Cork. Normally, applicants should have reached at least Grade VI on their Principal Instrument and a list of scales, arpeggios, studies, pieces and concerto movements is also available for every instrument in respect of the CIT CSM’s own Grade VI syllabus.
Each candidate who sits the Entrance Test is awarded up to a maximum of 600 points that are added to the Leaving Certificate points for the purpose of determining entry.
Each standard candidate must achieve the minimum threshold of 240 points in the Entrance Test and must also meet the minimum Leaving Certificate entry requirement in order to be eligible for admission.
Please note the CAO closing date is 1st February, late application will not be accepted.
- Please CLICK HERE to download sample paper and audio files are available to listen or download below.
Leaving Cert Subjects:
Helpful subject is Music, though not mandatory. All CAO applicants receive a sample Honours BMus Degree Course Entrance Test, you can also click on the links above, or request one by post from the CIT Cork School of Music’s Administrator, Union Quay, Cork, to check that you can meet the requirements of the practical, aural, and written elements.
This four-year programme leads to the award of an Honours BMus. The course offered by the CIT CSM differs fundamentally from those available elsewhere in the country in a number of ways. In particular, Performance Studies are an integrated feature throughout the course and students receive credit for them proportional to their level of ability and specialisation.
CIT Cork School of Music
Location: CIT Cork School of Music, Union Quay, Cork
This four-year programme leads to the award of an Honours BMus Degree. The course offered by the CSM differs fundamentally from those available elsewhere in the country in a number of ways. In particular, Performance Studies are an integrated feature throughout the course and students receive credit for them proportional to their level of ability and specialisation.
One of the attractions of this Honours Degree course is the nature of Years 1 and 2, which are best described respectively as “Foundation” and “Transition”. The carefully coordinated elements of the Year 1 course seeks to ensure that every student is subsequently able to fulfil their potential, whatever specialisations are chosen. During Year 2, the continuation of core studies is balanced by the introduction of elements that ensure students can make an informed decision about which subjects they would like to specialise in during the third and fourth years. Whilst these might prove to be Performance Studies, or Music in the Community, or Pedagogic [Music Teaching] Studies, or Music and Technology, or Music Therapy, it is equally possible to specialise in Applied Musicianship Skills and/or Music History. Students specialising in conducting and/or orchestration reap the benefits of multiple sessions with the CSM’s most senior performing groups, including the Fleischmann Choir, Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble.
Potential professional performers can study with people who have played in and/or conducted professional orchestras, choirs and bands, are (or have been) members of professional chamber ensembles, and perform regularly as soloists. Aspiring teachers take courses in Pedagogic Studies that reflect the very best practices to be found in a School that has been at the cutting edge of music education for nearly 130 years. In addition, there is also coherent and meaningful provision for students whose interests and strengths lie in the fields of Applied Musicianship Studies (including Analysis, Composition and Counterpoint) and/or Historical Studies.
Staff of the CSM have blazed the trail for both Community Music and Music Therapy studies in Ireland, and the Music and Technology
Studies are enhanced by the unique availability of state-of-the-art digital equipment in the CSM and linkages with the BA Honours Degree in Multimedia offered by the Department of Media Communications in CIT's Bishopstown Campus.
Suitably qualified graduates may apply either to undertake research (leading to the award of an MA and/or PhD), or to follow a Taught Master’s course in either
> Music & Technology.
Do I need to have Leaving Certificate Music?
Leaving Certificate Music is not an admission requirement. This is a restricted access course, you need to pass the CSM’s Entrance Test and then you will be placed on a ranked list based on your combined marks from the CSM Entrance Test and your Leaving Certificate points.
Do I need to be able to read music?
Yes, you need to be able to read to approximately Grade 6 instrumental standard.
Can I apply if I have never completed a grade exam?
Once you satisfy the entrance panel that you are of equivalent standard to a recognised Grade 6 exam standard, it is not necessary to have actually completed a grade exam.
Is there a late application facility?
As this is a restricted access course, you must have applied for the course by the 1st February through the CAO. Once the BMus CR 121 is on your list of courses, you can change the order of courses but you cannot add CR 121 to your list at a later date.
Are there any other special requirements?
Yes, there are Early Application Procedures. This is a Restricted Access Course and all applicants must sit the CSM’s Honours BMus Degree Course Entrance Test. The provisional date for the Entrance Test is Saturday, 8th April 2017.
Are past exam papers available?
Yes. All CAO applicants receive a sample Honours BMus Degree Course Entrance Test, you can also download here, or request one by post from the CIT Cork School of Music’s Administrator, Union Quay, Cork, to check that you can meet the requirements of the practical, aural, and written elements..
Can I defer the results of my Entrance Exam from one year to the next?
Candidates are not allowed to defer the results of the Entrance Exam.
John’s First Class Honours Degree specialised in Performance Studies (Organ) and Applied Musicianship Studies. His achievements in the Conducting element of the latter prompted him to take the CSM’s Taught Masters Course (Conducting).
Since his graduation, he has been in great demand as a conductor of musicals as well as choral and orchestral ensembles. John was the first Chorus Master of Opera 2005, and is cofounder/musical director of Cork Opera Works. Touring with choral ensembles to Austria, England, Italy, Spain and Wales has kept John busy all year round.
CIT has developed a website which gives full details of all modules for all courses. The website also has information on recommended textbooks, average weekly workload, assessments, and exams.
For detailed module information, please click here
There are many employment opportunities for music graduates apart from the obvious ones of performing and teaching. This course enables students to develop the skills necessary for a career as a music/arts administrator, music librarian, conductor of amateur bands/choirs/ orchestras/musical shows, music animator, music publicist/promoter, music editor.
However, taking an Honours Degree in music does not mean that a graduate is restricted to a music-driven career for the rest of their life. In addition, a growing number of employers outside the specific music business favour music graduates because of the combination of intellectual training, digital skills, inter-personal sensitivity and greatly enhanced general response rates represented by a musical training.
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